Laurence BonJour's Radical Justification of Belief

Erik J. Olsson

in Against Coherence

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279999
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602665 | DOI:
Laurence BonJour's Radical Justification of Belief

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According to Laurence BonJour, agreement between independently acquired cognitively spontaneous beliefs raises the likelihood of truth even if those beliefs have no credibility in themselves. A general proof is given showing this thesis to be false. The effect on likelihood of truth of admitting lying as a serious possibility is investigated. A distinction is made between independent and coordinated lying. Negative consequences are drawn for BonJour’s anti-skeptical theory.

Keywords: agreement; Laurence BonJour; cognitively spontaneous beliefs; independence; justification of beliefs; lying

Chapter.  6395 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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